Did the BBC approve the iPhone for news gathering?

February 26th, 2014
Did the BBC approve the iPhone for news gathering?

I’ve been working with the BBC as a freelance cameraman/editor for the last 7 years and recently came across the  YouTube video below, published by “BBC College of Journalism”.

I guess when you look at the video the instinct will be to shout “what happened to the world quality leader broadcaster and why is he approving the use of smartphones in the field”?

Well, he way I see it, the move is aimed towards allowing the field journalists to use their “broadcast tools” in the best available way and this is a good thing.

When you come to consider a news event and have the choice to film it with an “inferior quality device” or not filming it at all, I would vote for “filming it with what you have”.

I’m happy to see the BBC moving forward and endorsing the new technologies in a creative and logical way.
I hope other broadcaster will follow and mobile phone manufacturers will grab the opportunity to design and deliver a “broadcast mobile phone”, one that can become a journalist favorite.

As for us, fellow cameramen, there is nothing to fear. As we cannot stop technology from evolving, we better accept the change and focus our talents elsewhere because they are definitely needed!

More from BBC college of journalism can be found here

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Nick Cryer
Nick Cryer
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Yes

Scott Oldis
Scott Oldis
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LOL

John Vigran
MemberFebruary 26th, 2014

Well, it’s an interesting topic for this site and forum. I have noticed (and, don’t get me wrong, appreciated) the “creep” away from the original idea of “cinematic cameras for everyman” (the 5D) to ever bigger, more expensive and data-hungry cameras, “cine” lenses, etc. Of course I have been playing along like everybody else, but I recently experienced a situation where I had to go smaller, and I had to ask myself the question…..would I forgo getting the shot I needed, just because the pocket camera in question wasn’t up to the same “cinematic” standards which I now aspire to….? Good to keep it all in perspective, I think. Great site (one of my favorites)….keep the great posts coming.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberMarch 4th, 2014

This made me LOL, it’s obviously not directed towards anyone that’s ever shot video before. It seems like it’s made to indoctrinate inexperienced bystanders to shoot usable news footage for them on the cheap or even free lol. I get that idea from stories like CNN closing their foreign investigative correspondents and journalists like Eros Hoagland talking about the news being shot by local kids with phones rather than shipping people out. I think the first sign of BBC thinking of going that direction will be when their “PNG” app goes public. “Are you in the Ukraine? Do you have an iPhone? Get our “PNG” app and become famous!” lol

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